The best way to explore a town is on foot accompanied by an expert guide. In this comprehensive set of illustrated walks catering for all abilities Cheltenham’s history and literature are woven together to create a rich tapestry of fascinating insights that will surprise locals and inspire visitors. Cheltenham goes back a long way, well before George III’s visit secured it as a most fashionable place for the beau monde to visit. However, it has also constantly reinvented itself as a place of learning, of sport, of tourism and leisure, not to mention its attraction as a place for business and work. Indeed Cheltenham could almost claim ‘city status’, such is its importance and influence in certain fields. Walking around this town is the best way to appreciate where the town has come from and how it has moved with the times. Where else could you find Assembly Rooms (now a bank) which once held concerts by Paganini and Liszt, and readings by Dickens and Thackeray?